The prison phone industry is coming under scrutiny of the Congress. A new bill has been put forth that empowers the FCC, the agency that covers phone calls and costs, to pursue the telecom companies that reach provide services in the jails. Some of the phone costs, in a day and age where most people have unlimited dialing plans, would rank $10-12 an hour or even more. It’s a dirty world too, as the correctional facilities are allowed to select the company, and often due based upon kickbacks that go to the facility. It will take time to fix, but it’s a system that needs fixing.
The bill gives the FCC the power to set standards for the prison phone industry which has been massively overcharging prisoners and their families for decades.